The reason why Calvin Broadus changed his name from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion, after his trip to Jamaica is very confusing to those of us who have always associated him with being Snoop D.O.Double.G. His trip to the land of Usain Bolt, according to him was life altering. On his journey he came to understand the meaning of being a ‘Rastafari,’ learning that it’s not a religion but a way of life. In a press conference he explains the reason for changing his name as, ‘”I felt like I’ve always been Rastafari, I just didn’t have my third eye open.” This new direction and genre of music that he’s heading in, was never apart of his original plan when flying out to Jamaica. He thought he was going to return to the US with another gangster record or pimp album, but instead he found himself “awakening” to a new sound.
Snoop has always felt like he was connected to the Bob Marley spirit saying, “I always said that I was Bob Marley reincarnated”. So he believes that’s what drew him to Jamaica, and gave him the opportunity to work with top Jamaican artists such as Major Lazor, who helped him craft his new music. Lion has always wanted to be able to perform in front of children, but his past explicit music wasn’t suitable for the younger crowd. He said, “Reggae music is the music of love, happy and struggle, and now I get a chance to perform for kids and my grandparents.”
Snoop Lion released his first single ‘La La La,’ with Major Lazor. The song is reggae in its purest form, and without any doubt Snoop carries himself through the instrumental with Rastafari ease. His smooth vocals, while sporting a Jamaican accent is a weird adjustment for his fans, but by the start of the second verse you will have your guns in the air swaying thoughtlessly singing “La La La.” Only the greats in Hip Hop can pull off changing their entire image, without loosing a large amount of their following. So far only Snoop Dogg now known as Snoop Lion, and Yasiin Bey formerly known as Mos Def has succeeded in their transformation and been accepted by the public.